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The Vinyl Countdown: Classic Rock Songs About Girls
20. Jimi Hendrix - The Wind Cries Mary
Jimi wrote this song in 1967 about his girlfriend Kathy Mary Etchingham. They had gotten into a fight over her cooking and so Jimi had this song completed when she got back from staying at a friends a few days later.
19. Buddy Holly - Peggy Sue
Holly wrote this song about Peggy Sue Gerron, who was dating the drummer of his band, The Crickets. Originally, it was to be called, "Cindy Lou," but Allison, the drummer, asked it to be changed.
18. Night Ranger - Sister Christian
This song was released in 1983. The bands drummer, Kelly Keagy, wrote this song about his younger sister who was coming of age.
17. Boston - Amanda
This was the first single after the band's seven year layoff, and ironically, it was their only #1 hit.
16. The Kinks - Lola
The Kinks released this song in 1970. This song is written about a transvestite and is believed to be inspired by Ray Davies alleged girlfriend, Candy Darling.
15. The Allman Brothers Band - Jessica
Jessica is the name of Dicky Betts' daughter, and the inspiration for the song. She was one year old when she crawled into the room while he was writing it. This tune is also the theme for British TV show, Top Gear.
14. The Beatles - Michelle
Released in 1965, this song wasn’t written about any woman in particular. They used the name Michelle because it went well with the song.
13. Billy Joel - All for Leyna
This song is off of Joel's 7th album, Glass Houses. It features a man obsessed over a girl he meets.
12. The Beatles - Lady Madonna
The Beatles released this song in 1968. Paul McCartney said that it was a tribute song to women of the world.
11. The Knack - My Sharona
This song is about an underage girl that Doug Fieger, lead singer of the band, quite liked. Even though he had a girlfriend and she had a boyfriend, he'd hit on Sharona at shows. Eventually, they were together for 4 years before she decided it was time she was her own Sharona, not somebody else's.
10. Simon & Garfunkel - Cecilia
Released in 1970, Simon & Garfunkel wrote this song about a couple that breaks up and gets back together.
9. Kiss - Beth
This song dates back to a band called Chelsea, where Kiss drummer Peter Criss wrote a song about a band member's annoying wife. The song was written almost word for word from Mike Brand's phone conversations.
8. The Beach Boys - Help Me Rhonda
The boys released this song in 1965. Despite the upbeat tempo, this song is about a guy who has a broken heart after a girl he was hoping to marry gets together with another guy.
7. Toto - Rosanna
This song got its name from the actress Rosanna Arquette, who was dating Steve Porcaro - Toto's keyboardist. It was written by Toto leader David Paich, who was always looking for good ideas for lyrics.
6. Aerosmith - Janie's Got a Gun
Aerosmith released this song in 1989. They wrote it about a girl who shoots her father because he’s sexually abusing her. Only a little messed up.
5. Rod Stewart - Maggie May
Rod wrote this song about his deflowering, from an older woman at a jazz music festival.
4. CCR - Proud Mary
This song was released in 1969. John Fogerty wrote this song about a domestic washerwoman on a paddle-wheel boat on the Mississippi River.
3. The Beach Boys - Barbara Ann
Fred Fassert wrote this song, and the Regents first recorded it in 1961. The Beach Boys didn't want to release it, as they found it too simplistic, but their record label did without telling them.
2. The Police - Roxanne
Released in 1978, this song is about a man falling in love with a prostitute. Sting was walking through the red-light district of Paris when he got inspired.
1. Derek and the Dominos - Layla
This song is about George Harrison's wife, Pattie. Clapton and Pattie had a secret relationship, and she felt like this song outed them. Ultimately, George was supportive of the two, and even played at their wedding with other Beatles members.